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Robinson Cano’s reps meet the Mets

Robinson Cano: New York Post MetsI opened the door this morning to learn that the New York Post spent their night having a bit of fun with Photoshop, dressing Robinson Cano in the orange and blue of a Mets uniform.

Quite the sight, isn’t it? Of course, I can still remember seeing Bernie Williams painted into a Mets uniform on the back cover of a tabloid somewhere around ’99 or 2000 – headline: “PICTURE THIS.” That never quite came to fruition.

In any event, this Cano business is a compelling story. Cano’s representatives reportedly requested a meeting with the Mets last night at a “posh” Manhattan hotel; Jay-Z was there, as was agent Brodie Van Wagenen, but the Post reports that Cano did not attend the dinner. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco are said to have represented the ballclub.

The timing is curious, considering Alderson said last week at the GM Meetings that he couldn’t see his club giving out a $100 million contract this winter. That seemed to rule the Mets out for the likes of Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury. Cano, as you well know, has set the bar highest of all the free agents with a 10-year, $305 million asking price.

And then there’s this tidbit that Anthony DiComo tucked into his writeup:

Over his first three offseasons as Mets GM, Alderson has not given out a free-agent contract larger than Frank Francisco’s recently-expired two-year, $12 million pact.

Considering the Dodgers and Magic Johnson said very early that they will not get involved in bidding for Cano, preferring to back their Brinks trucks up to keep Clayton Kershaw happy, it makes sense that Cano’s side is looking to press another team against the Yankees to drive up the price.

No better place to start than right across town. I wonder who picked up the check?

Yankees & Mets interested in Scott Hairston, Ben Francisco

Scott HairstonThe Yankees and Mets continue to engage in a crosstown battle for the services of free agent Scott Hairston as they both seek a right-handed hitting outfielder.

Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, told ESPN New York that his client expects to make a decision in “a matter of days.” The 32-year-old Hairston was a Met last season, batting .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in 134 games, and is expected to land at least a two-year deal.

“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close said. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”

Yankees GM Brian Cashman has added two right-handed bats in recent weeks, claiming Russ Canzler on waivers from the Indians and signing Matt Diaz to a Minor League contract, but Cashman has said that he is not done looking for help in that department.

Both New York teams, as well as three other clubs, have also contacted the representative for free agent outfielder Ben Francisco, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post.

Agent John Boggs tells Hale that he and his client are looking for the “best opportunity” for Francisco “and who will offer the most at-bats.” Francisco, 31, batted .240 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 82 games last season with the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays.

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